Directed by an email, I logged into student records late last week to find the following:
A sequence of happy gifs would not do it justice. I am happy beyond gifs. I worked very hard and, after seeing the preliminary mark for my dissertation – a merit – I feared I would not get a distinction. My dissertation is indeed a merit (a good one), but all three of my coursework modules are distinctions. COURSEWORK VICTOR.
I got an average of 76 for Alexander’s Afterlife, which makes me want to see the essay-by-essay breakdown. (Fellow UK students will know why that’s quite good.) I got a 70 for S&M – no, not that S&M, calm down, it stands for Sources & Methods – which means my personal reception of Psáppho essay must have got quite a good distinction, or that the one I wrote in two days and finished at 4am on the extended deadline was not as terrible as I thought at 4am. Or both. (I never had the courage to look at the preliminary mark for that one. I am not a good academic writer at speed, but I am perhaps not a terrible one.) I don’t have an average for the Ancient Near East module yet because it was done at UCL, not KCL, but my lowest preliminary mark was 68 and my highest 77 (for the essay on elite Neo-Assyrian women’s roles in the textile industry, whee!), so it’s going to be around 73 or so?
I did well.
I will raise every glass of Champagne/sparkling wine over the holiday period to this distinction.
Караваджо – один из крупнейших мастеров, особым образом повлиявший на развитие западноевропейского искусства. Многое из жизни художника известно лишь приблизительно, на основании более поздних описаний биографов.
На лекции мы разберем особенности стиля Караваджо, ответим на вопрос, почему художника именуют «бунтарем» и «реформатором европейской живописи XVII века». Предметом нашего разговора будет «Лютнист» – одна из ранних работ мастера, которую можно увидеть в Эрмитаже.
Лекция включает в себя следующие вопросы:
1. Биография Караваджо
2. Зарождение реализма в живописи. Художественный метод. Караваджизм.3. Анализ работы «Лютнист»
Лектор - Ольга Романова (Полякова)
Наш адрес - КЦ "Пунктум", м. Новослободская, ул. Краснопролетарская, д. 31/1 стр. 5
Стоимость одной лекции - 300 р.
But I do just want to record this morning's incident, because I don't think it has ever happened to me before. I've been a lucid dreamer all my life, frequently aware that I was dreaming even as I dreamed; the passage from dreaming to waking is frequently marked by a transition from 3-D full-colour all-immersive action to frank narrative, text on a page and my own voice selecting it word by word; there is of course a long history of writers reworking their dreams into fiction; and nevertheless. This was the first time I have ever paused in mid-dream to think, "Y'know, this could surely be worked up into a YA novel..."
I will, of course, never write it; but it would have been called At the Back of the Sixth Wind, which was what a bell-boy said when he was directing me to a hidden stairwell in a troubled hotel; and what he meant was a door behind the number 6 on a great clockface, and the clock still worked but they had forgotten its purpose and thought it was a malfunctioning wind-gauge, because of course their winds came in a vertical plane, up or down the staircases and lift-shafts.
And now Chuck is here to fix our new
The hose'll thaw out when the sun gets on it, after noon. Meantime, perhaps I should put on something warmer. *shudders*
(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)
It’s my birthday and I want you to make a fuss over me. I really do. I want you to buy yourself (or a friend) one of my books. If you’ve already got some of my books, I really want you to write a review on Amazon about the book—good or bad (preferably good). This is what I want for my birthday. Buy a book, make a fuss, give me a hug, tell me you love me.
Caller Unknown (Karen Wilson #1) – Amazon | Apocalypse Ink Productions
Children of Anu (Karen Wilson #2) – Amazon | Apocalypse Ink Productions
In a Gilded Light – Amazon | Dark Quest Books
The Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting – Amazon | Dark Quest Books
Industry Talk – Amazon | Apocalypse Ink Productions
The Little Finance Book That Could – Amazon
I’ve spent several months on an unconventional book tour for my latest YA, Fat Angie (Candlewick, 2013)--workshopping with at-risk youth who have affectionately tagged me as the tattooed, rockstar, Wexican (whitest Mexican American) YA author/filmmaker.
This whirlwind tour, where I stuffed my belongings into storage and traveled by rental car, bus, train, and plane across America to empower at-risk youth through writing all at no cost to the youth programs I’ve visited, has been featured on MTV, in Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.
Unfortunately, I’m not independently wealthy. Had it not been for a tiny Kickstarter and the generosity of friends and strangers, the tour would never have come into fruition. So why do it?
Frustrated with the teen suicides and rise of kids on the fringe cutting on their skin instead of picking up a pen, I decided to embrace the niche audience for Fat Angie. I took this book, seam-busting with issues (bullying, self-harm, family, self-loathing, war, sexuality) and made it a platform for activism.
Armed with a few starred reviews, a high-quality book trailer, and a dream to inspire those who are often counted out, I changed the trajectory of Fat Angie and honestly, my own life.
Of course, not everyone can trade in life’s luxuries to live out of a carry-on and a backpack while criss-crossing the country in a rental car. I just got lucky that way.
But now that I’m three books and seven thousand miles in, I’ll share a few of the promotional secrets I’ve picked up along the way. Let my crazy Wexican book-tour experience help rock the promotion of your book.
1. What Do You Want Your Book To Do?
Whatever you decide, this is something to consider months before the release of your book.
When you know what you want your book to do, it will be easier to figure out how to maximize things like social media presence, signings, kinds of school visits, and other appearances.
2. Promotional Materials
Your cover art is great for stick-on tattoos and post cards, but you’ll also need an electronic PR Kit with: Synopsis, Bio, Review Sound Bites, Photos, and your School Visit Package. If you are not savvy on the art of design, find a talented graphic design student who is building their portfolio. Also, bookmarks are out. Book trailers and author interviews are in!
Important: Thirty seconds of quality sound and image have much more value than a minute and a half of crackling sound and Ken Burns effects. See the Fat Angie book trailer for an example of how you can make a $60,000 trailer for just a few hundred dollars.
3. No Fear, Please
Be comfortable talking about your book in public. This doesn’t mean bend every ear at your partner’s/husband’s/wife’s Christmas party about your book. The idea is to get people interested, not annoyed, to create a dialogue about what inspired you to write the novel -- what excites you about it. You never know where that conversation can lead.
While on my tour this summer, waiting at Boston’s Logan Airport, bookseller Ellen Garfield asked about a book storeT -shirt I was wearing, which led to a conversation about Fat Angie.
By the end of the day, Ellen ordered copies of the book for her airport store. Since then, it has been faced-out and sold out three times over. My interaction with this bookseller reminded me not to be afraid of talking about my book. It’s sharing something you love.
4. Who You Should Know
Independent booksellers and librarians can extend the lifespan of your book. These literacy titans know their community and educators.
Again, through social media, I connected with Ugly Dog Books and The Odyssey Bookshop in Massachusetts. We strategized on how to maximize my signing/discussion with the at-risk work I was doing. Both stores connected me with at-risk youth in their community to engage in creative workshop, which was the focal point of my tour. Later, they held book signings in their stores, which wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t approached them about help with community-building.
My suggestion: months before your book releases, find the independent booksellers you want to approach. Have your PR materials ready and reach out to them. Anytime you can generate a bigger event other than a signing, you are embracing the community and getting people excited about your book.
5. Keep Writing
Your agent, your best friend, your whoever-is-important is going to ask you, “When is your next book?” You gotta get that noise out of your head on the quick. Nothing destroys a stellar story quicker than the expectations of others.
While promoting your new book, continue listening to the world around you. Take time to connect with your creativity by jotting down ideas in a notebook, iPad or voice recorder. Promoting your book is necessary but so is your craft. So rock the word!
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo won the prestigious Delacorte Dell Yearling Award and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor for Prizefighter en Mi Casa. Feels Like Home received critical praise, but it was Fat Angie that generated early buzz from Wicked author Gregory Maguire who compared it to Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone. The book tour inspired Charlton-Trujillo to launch the organization Never Counted Out, which bridges the gap between artists and at-risk youth in their community. The feature documentary about the tour titled "At-Risk Summer" is slated for a May 2014 release.
My Friend Amy's Blog has posted a review of Deadline, written before the release of Blackout. There are no good pull quotes, although it's a very thoughtful review; there are Feed spoilers and comparisons throughout.
Want Some has posted a review of Feed, and says, " Tl;dr: Not your average zombie fare, highly recommended, part 1 in the Newsflesh Trilogy." I kinda admire the brevity.
Errant Dreams has posted a review of One Salt Sea, and says, "All in all, I found One Salt Sea to be another solid addition to the October Daye series. Its slower emotional pacing (because of the similar kidnapping plot) gave me a chance to sit back and watch changes being played out without the entire combination being too overwhelming." And this is why sometimes, types of case repeat.
Happy Booker has posted a review of Feed, and says, " My masochistic heart can do nothing but rate this book a full 5 stars. I have to commend Mira Grant on how she managed to create such a compelling story and include zombies (which I don't even like btw) and introduce me to these amazing characters that I have no choice but to fall completely in love with and then, without warning, take it all away. I can almost picture the sadistic smile on this author's face as she gleefully ripped my heart out, stomped on it, then poked it a few times with Shaun's zombie stick, leaving me a broken, sobbing mess. Nice, Mira Grant, very nice." Yay!
Finally for today, Morgan and Whitney have dished on Discount Armageddon. Lots of fun, some great points; I recommend taking a look.
Next, the weather.
- Current Mood: rushed
- Current Music:Frozen, "Let It Go."